BRITISH AIRWAYS CARRY ON SIZES AND REGULATIONS
BRITISH AIRWAYS CARRY ON SIZES REGULATIONS

BRITISH AIRWAYS CARRY-ON SIZES AND REGULATIONS

Hand baggage allowances

Whether you’re travelling light or packing for a long trip, we know there are some things you’ll want with you on the plane.
That’s why all of our flights include a generous free hand baggage allowance.

On British Airways

Your free baggage allowance on British Airways flights
Passenger 1 x cabin bag 1 x personal bag
Green tick. Green tick.
Children (2-11) Green tick. Green tick.
Infants (under 2) Green tick.  Red cross.

Size and weight of your hand baggage

1 x cabin bag 1 x personal bag
56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in) including handles, pockets and wheels. 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in) including handles, pockets and wheels.
  • Maximum weight per bag is up to 23kg (51lbs).
  • You must be able to fit your bags into the baggage gauge at check in.
  • Any items you purchase at the airport, including duty free, form part of your hand baggage allowance. If you go over your allowance of 2 bags, you may have to check in one of your extra bags, for which there may be a charge.

Where to put your hand baggage on board

You must be able to lift your cabin bag into the overhead locker by yourself.


 

Exceeding your allowance

If any of your hand baggage is over the size or weight limit, or you have more hand baggage than your allowance, it will need to be checked in and will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If the additional baggage then takes you over your checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only fare, you will be charged for extra baggage at the airport rate.


Packing restrictions

There are a number of rules and restrictions covering what you can carry in your hand baggage. See our liquids, banned and restricted items page to learn more.

Checked baggage allowances

You’d be surprised what you can fit in a suitcase when you fly with us. Our with-baggage fares include at least one bag per person of up to 23kg. All you have to do is make sure the zip shuts.

How to work out your allowance

If you already have a booking with us, the easiest way to check is to log into Manage My Booking where your personal allowance has been worked out for you.

Check your allowances in Manage My Booking

Alternatively, for allowances on British Airways flights, refer to the tables below according to your intended class of travel.

Hand baggage only

If you are travelling on a UK Domestic or European short haul flight, to and from London, you can travel light and make a quick getaway with our hand baggage only fares. These don’t include a checked baggage allowance but everything else is covered by the great-value price, including free online check-in, allocated seats, the same generous hand baggage allowance, and refreshments on board. Infants and children on a hand baggage only fare may still check a fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and a car seat.

If your plans change, you can arrange to check in bags for an additional fee.

Check our baggage prices on hand baggage only fares


Bag sizes and bulky items

A checked bag can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in) – including any bits that stick out, like the handle, pockets and wheels.

We have special arrangements for sporting equipment like skis and surfboards and large musical instruments. In many cases these can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance.

Carrying sporting goods and musical instruments

Oversized bags

Larger items of up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in) can be carried for an additional over-sized bag charge. (Currently, we waive this charge so you do not pay it.)

Any items larger than 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in) require separate shipping as cargo.

How to ship bulky items as cargo


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